I have decided that I will begin a hard-copy lab notebook to chronicle my day-to-day research progress. It will get technical, which is why I want to separate it somewhat from this blog. However, I might take photos of pages from my handwritten notebook and upload them for reference here. Is that acceptable? Thank you for understanding - I am trying to embrace my kinesthetic and reading/writing learning styles, and P.S. this notebook might be helpful for the poster sessions too.
Now that I have decided on a research topic (tandem "rainbow" quantum dot solar cells) from a scientific literature search and pinpointed which paper I will segment for analysis, I want to outline what I plan to do. Essentially, this is a rough draft of my research plan; more casual, less finalized, and unconsolidated.
This weekend, I did some research on the topic of bioindicators/macroinvertebrates. While I'm going to be nowhere as far along as the other three, I have a general idea about what I would like to study.
This is probably going to be a pretty short entry, or maybe a long entry; i'm not too sure right now. For the stage-wise aspect, I am at the point where I have a huge bulk of data, and I understand it to a very rudimentary degree. This allows me to put aside the data collecting and brainstorming, and get right down to the data analysis, which I believe there is a lot of in my case. This also frees me up to get working on the pile of forms Veronica tells me I'll need to work through to ensure that the law doesn't get uppity.
First post for the year! I am so excited about starting this new research direction that I named this post after my favorite movie of all time, "Inception". Not only does it feature one of my favorite actors, Leo DiCaprio, but it introduced me to higher-level inquiry and thinking into concepts as diverse as espionage, neuroscience, and philosophy. I will never forget the first film that made me cry and think at the same time. Mind seriously blown.